New York City Wine And Spirits Retailers Take A Stand Against Drinks-To-GoFebruary 28, 2022
What started as a lifeline to New York state bars and restaurants is turning into a high-tension wire for New York City’s wine and liquor store owners. Governor Kathy Hochul is pushing for legislation to permanently allow bars and restaurants to sell drinks-to-go to support on-premise economic recovery.
“When the former governor came out with cocktails-to-go, we had no problem with that,” says Jeff Saunders, president of The Retailers Alliance and owner of McCabes Wine & Spirits in Manhattan. “But it turned into bottles-to-go and anyone who had an on-premise wine and liquor license was now case stacking wine and liquor. The problem is all of those on-premise licensees have now turned into on- and off-premise.”
Drinks-to-go were a vital revenue stream for bars and restaurants during the pandemic. The measure was extended but ended last June. Drinks-to-go legislation was introduced last year but died in the state assembly. Some lawmakers accused wine and liquor store owners of using scare tactics against the bill. Market Watch has moreSubscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.